Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Teacher Always Says...

I'm linking up with Tammy @ Forever in First for her linky party, "My teacher always says...
When I read this, I thought, "Hmmm what do I always say?" My mind went blank. I know I say some of the same things over and over and over again, but seriously my mind was blank.

I thought back to before I started teaching. I was working as an assistant with a wonderful teacher. She had all kinds of things she would say. The students would say the same things. One of the things she would say was "Wagabootchie" (I'm totally guessing how you would spell it). One day she asked one of her students to bring a stack of books to her. I was sitting by the desk where the books were, I about cracked up when she said in a very strained voice, "Wagabootchie". 

Then I thought about my daughter and how she impersonates her teachers, she picks up their mannerisms, tone of their voice and things they say. If she is doing that, then I'm sure my students could tell me exactly what I say.

I thought that maybe if I started writing, some things would come to my mind. I know I haven't ever and won't ever say the "S" word...shut-up. When my niece was in first grade, I read "Ramona the Pest" to her on the phone. There's a place where Ramona yells, "Shut-up Pizzaface!" After I read it, my niece said, "Aunt Kelly you are not supposed to say shut-up, you should say be quiet." I guess she told me.

OK, I finally thought of one and I couldn't get Tammy's cute graphic on here.

"I'm not looking at HOW you draw, I'm looking at IF you draw.

I always have those students who are reluctant to draw, so I always let them know I'm not judging their art work. I like to read the book "Ish" by Peter A Reynolds to the kids early on in the year so I can remind the to just make an "ish" drawing. A lot of times they have surprised themselves when they take their time and look at what they are wanting t draw.
One thing I started saying towards the end of the year was "I'm taking children who are ready to recess." I know it doesn't sound like much, but it worked. I got the idea from  Teaching With Love and Logic. It said to stop saying I like the way ____ is lined up nicely. They were right, it wasn't very successful. I was really surprised how well the phrase worked.

I know there are some things that I say probably over and over again, but I guess with it being summer, part of my brain went on break! lol

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  1. Thank you for joining my linky. I'm sure there are tons of things you say. Being in summer mode is an okay thing, especially after a tough year. Anyway, I love Love and Logic. I use statements like the on you say all the time as well. Thanks again!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. When I taught kindergarten, I would always be reminded of the things I said when they were playing school in the dramatic play area. lol Once in a while I would have to stop and think, do I really say that or do I really sound like that. Oops! Sometimes children can be great teachers!

  2. As a teacher with a visual arts background, it always breaks my heart when kids say they "can't draw"! I use the book Ish every year and just adore it. Such a beautiful warms my heart just thinking about it! In fact, I think I'll read it again tomorrow on my last full day of teaching this year.
    Thanks so much for the reminder!
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. I absolutely love that book! I also love Dot, but I haven't bought that one yet. Some of my students surprised themselves with how well they were able to draw. They were supposed to be drawing the animal they had written about and several of them were tracing one from the book. I stopped them and told them to start working on just one small part that they felt comfortable with and go from there. They really did a good job!